“Bend” And “Flex” No Longer Just Terms For Exercise, They’ll Soon Describe Your Laptop!

“Bend” And “Flex” No Longer Just Terms For Exercise, They’ll Soon Describe Your Laptop!

Tired of lugging that heavy laptop in your padded backpack? Here’s an idea: When you’re finished using your laptop, just roll it up, fold it, stick it in your back pocket and bolt. That’s the incredible future being created in a UH Cullen College of Engineering laboratory – a flexible, thin-film transistor (TFT) that may one day make your current laptop a dinosaur.

“Think of it as a roll of Saran Wrap or a jelly roll” said Venkat Selvamanickam (Selva), M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of mechanical engineering. Jae-Hyun Ryou, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, added, “You won’t need a big truck to buy a 60-inch television set, if you can just roll it up and take it with you.”

Their work is highlighted in the journal Advanced Electronics Materials in their article “High-Performance Flexible Thin-Film Transistors Based on Single-Crystal-Like Germanium on Glass.”

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